Reeling Cubs try to avoid sweep at Cardinals’ hands

This is not what the Chicago Cubs had in mind. Chicago (82-73) had a chance to push for a division title with a strong series against the St. Louis Cardinals (88-67) this weekend. Instead, the Cubs have lost the first three games of the series and five straight games overall to put their season in

Astros eye AL West title behind Verlander vs. Angels

The victory that will lift the Astros to their third consecutive American League West pennant will eventually come to fruition, and in all likelihood, it could manifest Sunday when Houston concludes its three-game weekend set against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. With their Cy Young Award frontrunner

Twins face Royals in home finale, with eyes on playoffs

Left-hander Martin Perez gets the start Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Twins play their final regular-season home game against the Kansas City Royals in Minneapolis. Barring a major collapse in the final seven games of the season, the Twins (95-60) will return to Target Field in early October to

Brewers look to sweep Pirates in wild-card push

With the end of the regular season looming on Sept. 29, chances are looking better that the Milwaukee Brewers will be celebrating a postseason berth before that. The Brewers, with star Christian Yelich done for the season after an injury to his kneecap, and veterans Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun hobbled

Will 11 be lucky number again for Rays vs. Red Sox?

If the Tampa Bay Rays could play 11 innings every day, they might be unstoppable. The Rays won in 11 innings for the third straight game Saturday, defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Nate Lowe's two-run homer. Tampa Bay beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Wednesday on the road and defeated Boston

Nearing playoffs, Nats eye sweep of Marlins

Take the way-back machine, find a turntable and play the Bachman-Turner Overdrive song "Takin' Care of Business" ... because, well, that's what the Washington Nationals are doing this weekend. The Nationals (85-68), who lead the chase for one of two NL wild-card berths, beat the Miami

Braves face Giants in regular-season home finale

The Atlanta Braves will send veteran Dallas Keuchel to the mound for their final home game of the regular season on Sunday when they host the San Francisco Giants. Keuchel (8-6, 3.63) will be opposed by San Francisco's Logan Webb (1-2, 6.51). The Braves have won the first two games of the series

On the brink, Mets hope Stroman can beat Reds

Numerous times in recent weeks, a loss has been described as the final blow for the New York Mets' wild-card aspirations, only to see them win a few games and get some help in the race. As the Mets enter the final week of their wildly inconsistent season, time may be finally running out as they